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Twitter Warriors

In this tough time of pandemic when the nation is somewhere going through scarcity of medical facilities, some people are coming in front helping those who are in need through various ways. One such platform is social media like Twitter and Instagram through which help is being provided to the needful.

 In March, Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan announced that the country is in the “end game of the COVID-19 pandemic”. As we entered in April, COVID-19 cases have grown up exponentially and each day of April we are witnessing cases around 2 lakhs plus cases from various states of the country, leaving the healthcare facilities overburdened in the country. Mostly we hear the news about patients dying due to lack of oxygen and critical care. The country faces shortage of medical essentials like oxygen cylinders, ICU or normal beds for those who are in serious conditions, ambulances and some lifesaving drugs like Remdesivir, Fabiflu, Tocilizumab etc.

 With India in the grip of a second COVID-19 wave, it is Twitter warriors who are trying to do damage control and helping patients with their healthcare needs. People have volunteered on platforms like Twitter and Instagram to offer their services in this time of need. Twitter timelines of some users are filled with posts seeking help to find medicines, hospital beds, Remdesivir dosage, and oxygen cylinders, etc. People who could not get through national helpline numbers came on Twitter asking for help, and more often than not help was received. People have come together to defeat this dangerous virus. Volunteers from different geographical locations are helping each other through online means.

 Social media is usually accused of creating hype and spreading panic. While this time it grew an actual picture of what the country is going through. Since the start

of April posts and videos started trending on the platform with messages creating awareness about this life-threatening virus among people, these posts also make people aware of the ground reality that hospitals are getting overburdened and there is overcrowding at burial and cremation centers.

 This time people on Twitter have opened up their hearts towards the ones battling the virus. Many users provided Oxygen Cylinders, drugs like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, etc, and even beds in hospitals to those who have critical situations. Many users also have provided home-cooked food to those recovering from the viruses in various parts of the country. The stories of people fighting COVID are also helping in making the citizens more aware and alert. News and updates shared by medical staff and administration are also getting noted thanks to the circulation on the platform.

While many have offered to help to fight the pandemic, few are truly going out of their way. Special notes should be taken of journalists, especially on the field who are using their contacts and sources to help those in need. From hospital beds to Oxygen and Remdesivir jabs, journalists have done a fabulous job of connecting people to helpful leads.

 There are many Twitter warriors helping people to fight the grave situation through their contacts and sources. Some youth leaders have also come forth to help those who are in need, they are working from the ground and helping the needful.

  •       BV SRINIVAS of INDIAN YOUTH CONGRESS

The 41-year-old is one of the most tagged people on Twitter posts seeking help from COVID. He leads a team of 26 members from a control room in the Indian Youth Congress office at Raisina Road. He heads a team of 7 members in the control room and 19 members in field hospitals working across Delhi to ensure the demands of people in need.

       CHARU PRAGYA of BJP

The 36-year-old BJP leader is a known face on TV screens. She is using her Twitter account to reach out to the ones who are in need in coordination with Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). According to her “Ours is a well-knit network. Our entire team is only on one job, to help those in need in the covid crisis on a war footing.”

   DILIP PANDEY of AAP

The 40-year-old Timarpur MLA is also working tirelessly to help people in this crisis. He is responding so quickly to posts demanding medical help in urgent conditions. From distributing foods to sanitizers around Delhi, the MLA is helping Delhites day in and out.

While these three have been visible on social media numerous heroes are working with full dedication every single day to save lives.

Here are some account handles of some warriors,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divya Kumari

Intern, Goa Chronicle

DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author

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